Special 23 August, 2016 Isabel Vallejo
Pregnant mothers should follow a healthy diet in order to prevent transmitting metabolic alterations to their baby. This is the conclusion of a study conducted by the University of Washington.
The study, A mother’s obesity may affect the health of her descendants for many generations, found that a diet in pregnant women that is rich in fats and sugars, even before gestation, may affect the health not only of the children, but of the next generations, explaining that a mother’s obesity and the metabolic problems associated to this disease are transmitted through the DNA of the mitochondria present in the unfertilized egg. This does not occur when the father suffers these disorders, as mitochondria are only inherited from the mother.
Thus, the study invites mothers to seek counseling about the most convenient foods for this stage, preventing obesity in the new member of the family, and promoting good nutritional habits in general among themselves.
A study led by the University of California in the US indicates that obesity during pregnancy may also affect the baby’s immune system.